Planning

Disney planning tips, tricks, and advice.

Rainy Disney Days

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August 31, 2013
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Just because you’re going on vacation doesn’t mean you are guaranteed to have great weather although that would be nice. For instance, I have been in Florida traveling all over the state with my family and no matter where we have been the rain has found us every single day. Even if  you’re traveling...
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Planning a Group Trip – Develop a Budget

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August 18, 2013
Planning a Group Trip – Develop a Budget

Remember when I said most people think of Disney and think crowds and money?  Well, they’re partially right.  When you’re planning for a group that includes people who haven’t been lucky enough to visit Walt Disney World before, you’ll have to help them understand what things cost inside the parks so they can plan...
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A Day Alone in WDW

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August 10, 2013
A Day Alone in WDW

In just over two weeks I’m going to find myself in a very unusual position…… alone in Walt Disney World (WDW) for the day.  Although Shel and I will be together for a week, just a week or so ago I decided to fly in a day early.   Southwest makes changing your flights very...
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Countdown to….vacation!!

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August 9, 2013
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Hello friends!!! I hope you are enjoying your summer and staying cool!! Here in Chicago, we have had a pretty mild summer, with only a few extremely hot days! The past few days and the upcoming week seem to be turning hotter again, so it will prepare me for my upcoming Walt Disney World...
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In the WDW Fan Zone with @SamsDisneyDiary (#3): Visit an empty France Pavilion, any day of the week: Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie

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July 16, 2013
"Delectable treats and tempting delicacies" - That's a quote from Disney.

With little fanfare, compared to Magic Kingdom’s Starbucks, Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie opened in World Showcase’s France Pavilion earlier this year (2013). This “new” quick service dining location features “fresh baguette sandwiches, pastries and baked goods”. According to the official Disney description, you can “Sample delectable treats and tempting delicacies at the traditional...
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Planning a Group Trip – Basic Details

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July 10, 2013
Planning a Group Trip – Basic Details

You’ve figured out the who, what and when now on to the where, why and how.  This is where each family or smaller group can start customizing their own trip.  Let’s start with a brief recap of what’s happened at this point: So far you’ve found an awesome Disney travel agent who’s going to...
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Zero Waste Vacation

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June 14, 2013
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Recently, I took a trip to Orlando, with the added challenge of making my vacation, “zero waste.”  This means that nothing I touched during the course of my vacation would end up in a landfill.  I would also do as much as possible to reduce the amount of other resources used, including electricity and...
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5 Things to Remember as You Brave the Summer Heat

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June 11, 2013
5 Things to Remember as You Brave the Summer Heat

Whew! It’s hot out there, ladies and gents, and we’re just gearing up! Just yesterday in the Kingdom the heat index in Central Florida made the “feels like” temperature almost ten degrees hotter than the actual! And while this certainly means the Mickey Bars are going to suffer, it also means there are some...
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My Amazing Birthday Cruise

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June 10, 2013
My Amazing Birthday Cruise

If you’ve read (dear daughter) Shelley Scholl’s recent article,  then you probably already know we’ve just returned from my 60th Birthday Cruise on the Disney Fantasy.  What an amazing time!   Although the weather was less than perfect and I had quite the ordeal returning home (a tale for another time), this was the most...
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Planning a Group Trip – Where to Start?

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June 8, 2013
Planning a Group Trip – Where to Start?

If you’re traveling with a party of 15 or more, Disney considers your reservation a group.  There are a few things that groups can do that aren’t available to the average visitor: Insert group activities from Disney site Trying to get 15 people to be on the same page can certainly be a challenge,...
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